Photoshop of Sound

“Look What They’ve Done to My Song” should have been the title track for Ray Sings, Basie Swings, a retouch-up album in which Ray Charles’s vocals get supported by the Count Basie (without Basie) orchestra—courtesy of technology. Although the album is enjoyable, thanks to Ray’s colossal voice and his interpretation of standards, neither Ray’s virtuosity nor Basie’s exotic tincture on the keyboard is presence.

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